Re: 2.5.21: kbuild changes broke filenames with commas

From: Russell King (
Date: Tue Jun 11 2002 - 11:31:47 EST

On Tue, Jun 11, 2002 at 06:08:22PM +0200, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> Are you sure that complexity was added just to handle commas in names?
> Or is it really an example of how good design never gave this bug a
> chance to exist in the first palce.
> I *really* don't like the idea of papering over such bugs by curing the
> symptoms, as you seem to be advocating.

Lets see.

We have two places in 2.5.21 where commas are unacceptable:

1. -DKBUILD_BASENAME=$(subst $(comma),_,$(subst -,_,$(*F)))

   We need to do this because to do because KBUILD_BASENAME is used in
   places where commas are not acceptable.

   We papered over the fact that make can't subst commas by using the
   $(comma) construct.

2. -Wp,-MD,.$(subst /,_,$@).d (currently unfixed)

   This would need to become something like:

   -Wp,-MD,.$(subst /,_,$(subst $(comma,_,$@)).d

So now we have two places where the same yucky substing of commas to
something more palettable happens. Now, what if we had:




in the same directory? The kbuild system goes wrong, destroying dependency
information, using the wrong KBUILD_BASENAME. Oops. I guess we papered
over a bug by allowing commas in filenames.

In addition, I'd like to point out the following paragraph in the make
info files:

   The variant variables' names are formed by
   appending `D' or `F', respectively. These variants are semi-obsolete
   in GNU `make' since the functions `dir' and `notdir' can be used to get
   a similar effect (*note Functions for File Names: File Name

Both kbuild-2.5 and the existing kernel build make heavy use of the
"$(*F)" notation. Should we really be putting semi-obsolete features
into either of the kernel build system?

Russell King (                The developer of ARM Linux

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